MURRIETA DRUG REHAB CENTER IS OFFERING ONE MONTH OF OUTPATIENT TREATMENT AT NO COST TO A LIMITED NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO TURN IN THEIR BONGS, SYRINGES, INDOOR HORTICULTURAL LAMPS AND OTHER DRUG PARAPHERNALIA
Ironically, its often harder to open a drug and alcohol treatment center than it is to open a business that promotes the use of drugs and alcohol. Its time somebody put the spotlight on these businesses because theyre leading our friends and family members onto a path of self destruction.
— Charles Anderson, CEO, A Better Tomorrow
MURRIETA, Calif., August 22, 2007 ? A Better Tomorrow is one month of free outpatient treatment to a limited number of addicts who turn in their bongs, syringes, indoor horticultural lamps and other drug paraphernalia.
The treatment is being made available at no cost in evening sessions at our private facility in Murrieta as an act of community service, said Charles Anderson, A Better Tomorrows CEO.
Ironically, Anderson added, its often harder to open a drug and alcohol treatment center than it is to open a business that promotes the use of drugs and alcohol. Its time somebody put the spotlight on these businesses because theyre leading our friends and family members onto a path of self destruction.
Indeed, since A Better Tomorrow opened its doors over three years ago, the clinic has seen a dramatic increase in its local patient base.
While A Better Tomorrow offers treatment for alcohol, drug and gambling dependencies, including addiction to prescription painkillers, Anderson said addiction to illegal drugs continues to account for half of the clinics caseload. He added that while some states are now making it legal to use marijuana for pain management, the federal government still considers it to be an illegal drug.
In fact, a major study by the British Health Department this year found that even infrequent use of marijuana can increase the risk of developing a serious mental illness by 40 percent. The study, which was published in The Lancet, examined 35 other studies that tracked the short- and long-term effects of marijuana use on the mental health of tens of thousands of people.
While its hard to dispute marijuanas ability to relieve the pain of the terminally ill, we know from experience and from the latest research that its use often leads to nothing but irresponsible behavior and even mental illness for everyone else, Anderson said, adding, The best rule of thumb is to simply avoid marijuana and other illegal drugs at all cost, and to seek immediate treatment if you or a family member has developed an addiction to these illegal substances.
Based in Murrieta, Calif., A Better Tomorrow has the highest level of certification of any drug or alcohol treatment center in southwest Riverside County. The clinic is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), placing it in the top 5 percent of drug and alcohol treatment clinics in California. For more information about A Better Tomorrow, please contact Jerrod Menz at (800) 757-9867. Additional information is available on the company’s website at http://www.abttc.com/.